Jeff Gavin

Freelance Writer

Jeff Gavin, LEED Green Associate, is the owner of Gavo Communications, a sustainability-focused marketing services firm serving the energy and construction industries. He can be reached at

Articles by Jeff Gavin

  • Modular data centers

October 2013
In this digital world, we’re never far from our smartphones and tablets. Shopping on the web has become the new normal, and though we know left from right, our GPS is at the ready. That’s a lot of information, and we need data centers to house, organize and transmit that big data. Today’s data centers can’t be yesterday’s models. READ MORE
  • The Alameda County Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee's Zero Net Training Facility in San Leandro, Calif., opened in June.
September 2013
Producing as much energy as you use is the definition of a net-zero energy building (NZEB). Such efforts garnered a lot of attention in recent years, but have they moved from curiosity to marketability? Their numbers are small, but each new success could tip the scale toward market traction for this ultimate achievement in sustainable building operation.
August 2013
Monitoring-based commissioning (MBCx) may not be a popularly known practice in the building community right now, but it may be soon. Maintaining efficient building performance is the goal and electrical contractors will be needed.
July 2013
When you think about it, today’s electrical contractor (EC) is an energy-efficiency adviser. It may be a matter of reinvention, but it’s a logical destination. Through developed expertise in smart lighting and controls, ECs can position their firms as go-to, one-stop shops for commercial and industrial customers.
  • Market action

July 2013
In a growing world of green building, energy-efficient design and sustainability, you might assume the number of high-performance buildings is approaching the norm. Not quite. Certainly the demand for optimum building performance is growing; however, while some committed owners are taking an all-in approach, many more favor steady, incremental changes. READ MORE
June 2013
When it comes to building controls, don’t be on the outside looking in when you can join the party. It might require a familiarity with codes and standards beyond the National Electrical Code (NEC), some added knowledge of communication protocols, and maybe specifics of voluntary green codes or standards. This education can give you the footing to secure this exciting work.
March 2013
Looking at the four years measured in billions (B) of dollars, residential numbers climbed from $7B to $10B to $14B to $25B. Nonresidential grew from $3B to $25B to $47B to $60B. In all, green construction represented 44 percent of the building market in 2012. By 2016, it is expected to range between 48 to 55 percent. 
February 2013
A transformation is in the air as better built, greener schools become a focus of states and local communities. Though green school advocacy has been around for a number of years, a clear momentum is developing as cash-strapped school districts recognize how better performing buildings can lower operational costs and possibly foster better performance from students and staff members alike. READ MORE
January 2013
In 2012, you could have felt hopeful about the economy on any given day. Some days, you also could have felt the opposite. It was the year of the rocky recovery. But if you take a closer look at what happened in key construction sectors and the economy as a whole, you’ll find a fragile recovery gaining strength for 2013. READ MORE